Skip the pink & blue.
Consider more contemporary choices in paint colors. Pale green is perfect for a gender-neutral nursery and has a calming effect. Cool colors like green also make a space appear larger than it is. Brown palettes accented with a pop of orange are popular right now for nurseries, as well as crisp black and white color schemes. If you are attached to pink, hot pink partnered with lemon yellow offers a bold, modern look for your baby girl.
Paint an accent wall.
No one says the entire nursery has to be just one color. Paint an accent wall in a darker hue of your primary color. Infants see the contrast of dark and light best. You can place the crib on this accent wall to make the room really pop. When painting your baby's room, use allergen-free, low-VOC and low-offgassing paints, which are best for sensitive little airways.
Use wall decals.
Instead of painting lettering or a theme on the wall, use wall decals that you can place, peel and move easily. These decals, which are available at most baby stores, come in pretty patterns, fun colors and favorite cartoon characters.
Buy a convertible crib.
Purchase furniture that can grow with your child. A convertible crib is the best investment you can make. It converts from a crib to a toddler bed to a full-size bed with ease.
Get a comfy glider.
Instead of a wooden rocking chair, buy a comfortable glider in a neutral color so that it can be used elsewhere in your home when the baby gets older.
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